Miami's American Harvest Cuts Food Costs with Seasonal Sourcing

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On this episode of Fast Casual Nation, we talk to the founders of a concept that has quickly established itself as a loved brand in Miami.

Consumers today are demanding much more from restaurants. They expect clean, locally sourced ingredients, quick service, and affordable prices. While many restaurants try to offer all of these things, few can successfully execute without sacrificing their margins.

American Harvest Co., a concept started by Grove Bay Hospitality Group in the Brickell City Center, seems to have found the right balance.

With a menu focused on clean eating, American Harvest serves up minimally processed foods. They use words like ‘GMO-free’, ‘grass-fed’, and ‘organic,’ to support their commitment to sustainable practices and sourcing local.

With decades of experience combined between the top three minds of the leadership team, the Grove Bay Group has perfected every aspect of American Harvest Co. and now they market it as their growth brand.

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Poké 305 Brings Hawaiian-Latin Fusion to Miami's Brickell

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Poké 305 started as an idea by Founder Victoria Chediak. As a food blogger, Victoria was always in tune with food trends and was intrigued by the traditional Hawaiian dish, poké. Although poké has been gaining a lot of attention in the food world, Victoria noticed there weren’t really any poké options in Miami. That’s when she started thinking about what she could offer to the Brickell community.

“I went to the University of Miami. I sort of catered everything to what I felt there was a need for because I lived it first-hand,” said Victoria. “Working here, studying here, you know you need a lot of healthy options, a lot of 'grab-and-go'.”

Victoria got started on the concept with a little help from her father, Maurico. Maurico has experience opening businesses , which was especially helpful when opening Poké 305. But why ‘305’? Victoria wanted to put her own flare on the poké trend. Being from the city, she created a fusion by inserting some very ‘Miami’ flavors like guava and plantain chips.

“305 is the area code for Miami. Miami is not Hawaii but we have a lot of latin people, Latin community. We have Cuban community, Colombian, Venezuelan. So we tried to mix a little flavor, Latin flavor, into the Hawaiian dish.,” said Maurico.

Everything at Poké 305 is made from scratch, even the mayonnaise for their wasabi aioli! But Poké 305 offers more than just great flavors. Another thing that sets the Poké brand apart is their presentation and atmosphere. With nice big bowls, a fresh open space, and "instaworthy" photos of the food posted on social (this is where Victoria's past as food blogger comes to play) – customers first visit for the aesthetics, but stay for the tastes.

Support Local at Brickell's American Harvest

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Consumers today expect much more from restaurants. They demand clean ingredients that are locally sourced. They demand quick service at affordable prices. Many restaurants have tried to offer all of these things but not without sacrificing their margins. However, American Harvest Co. seems to have found the right balance in order to scale their healthy concept. American Harvest Co. is a concept started by Grove Bay Hospitality Group in Brickell with a focus on “Delicious. Clean. Eating.”

With a menu focused around clean eating, American Harvest serves up “minimally processed foods.” GMO-free, grass-fed, and organic are all words used to describe the dishes served up at the Brickell City Center restaurant. The concept also prides itself on its commitment to sustainable practices and sourcing local. Take for example their craft sodas and beer selection.

“We also developed our own soda recipes with a local vendor and they’re all organic cane sugar sodas. We also brought in some wine and some beer, locally-- some craft Florida beers,” says Co-Founder and CEO Francesco Balli.

The restaurant has a farmhouse kitchen feel, using pictures of old Florida and old Brickell to relay the fact that they are a Miami brand. Grove Bay owns a number of restaurants like the Big Easy WIne Bar right next door, but identify American Harvest as their “growth brand. The team plans to open their second location in South Miami where they will give it its own local flavor.

“Miami over all is having a little bit of a culinary renaissance in and of itself and Brickell is definitely a reflection of that,” says Balli.

With a menu including grass-fed burgers, cage-free rotisserie chicken, and and sustainable tuna, American Harvest Co. is a place you can feel good about eating at.